RAISE THE RED FLAG: SUCCESS STORIES  

Read about some of the captive wild animals YOU have helped by submitting your reports and speaking out.

Thanks to you, captive animals have been rescued, provided lifetime care at specialist sanctuaries, and even returned to the wild. Though the outcome won't be the same for every individual captive animal, please keep speaking out and giving them a voice.

GENOVEFFA & GAVINO

Following many years of tourist reports about loggerhead turtles Genoveffa and Gavino, they were finally seized from Alghero Aquarium in Sardinia in 2011. After many years of rehabilitation, they were both satelitte-tagged and returned to the wild in Oct 2021. They are currently being tracked and monitored.

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CLOSURE OF AYAMONTE ZOO

Ayamonte Zoo in Spain was closed in 2019, following many years of campaigning by animal welfare organisations and because of the evidence provided by eyewitness tourist reports and photographs. 

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MISHA & TOM

In 2010, Born Free rescued two bottlenose dolphins, Misha and Tom, from a captive facility in Turkey, following their plight being brought to international attention by concerned individuals. They were rehabilitated and released back to the wild in 2012.

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RAFFI, ANTHEA & RIKKI

Following outcry from British tourists in 1994, Born Free rescued lions Raffi and Anthea, and later Rikki the leopard, from a tiny cage on the roof of a Tenerife restaurant. 

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